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A Guide to Best Budget Restaurants around Campus

April 15, 2017 / by / 0 Comment

If you are tired of waiting for the line at SU Canteen during busy lunch hours, or bored of eating siu mei fan every single day at CYM Canteen, you are not alone. But what other alternatives are there when food outside campus is exorbitantly expensive? Do not fret, here is a list of affordable shops around HKU main campus offering a wide variety of types of dishes to satisfy both your stomach and wallet.

1. Yuan is Here

G/F, 73 Third Street, Sai Ying Pun, Western District

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The food at Yuan is Here may appear simple, but the flavors are simply marvelous. Yuan is Here offers a variety of Taiwanese dishes such as braised pork rice, fried chicken cutlet, and the infamous Taiwanese bubble milk tea. With a minimum charge of HKD 35, enjoy a scrumptious lunch/dinner at Hong Kong’s own Taiwanese night market!

Recommended dish: Braised Pork Rice (HKD 29)

2. Capital Café

G/F, Nice Garden, 513-519 Queen’s Road West, Western District (4-min walk from HKU MTR Station Exit C2)

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If you are looking for good ol’ Hong Kong breakfast food for lunch, Capital Café is your go-to place. The lunch set meal comes with scrambled or fried eggs, buttered toasts, macaroni/spaghetti with ham, coffee or tea, and good quality service – something of a rare feat for a Cha Caan Teng in Hong Kong.

Recommended dish: Lunch Set Meal (HKD 38)

3. 八方雲集鍋貼水餃專門店

G/F, 439 Queen’s Road West, Western District


For the less fortunate of us who can’t read Chinese, 八方雲集鍋貼水餃專門店 is simply called ‘Ba Fang’ or ‘that dumpling shop’ especially if you reside in nearby halls. Ba Fang serves dumplings with various fillings from pork to leek, and Taiwanese Rice Noodles, and all at an affordable price. Definitely a go-to place for lunch, tea time, and dinner!

Recommended dish: Pan-fried Dumplings with Kimchi Fillings (HKD 36)

4. Kam Cheung Shanghai Noodles

Shop C, G/F, 316 Des Voeux Road West, Sai Ying Pun


For those who are rushing to class and looking for a quick lunch off campus, Kam Cheung Noodles is the perfect place to go to. While it is most well-known for crispy pork chop noodles, try Kam Cheung’s curry chicken noodles if you are looking for food with richer taste!

Recommended dish: Pork Chop Noodles (HKD 30)

HKD 41 – HKD 50

1. Sennichi

Shop C, G/F, Kam Fung Mansion, 56-91 Bonham Road, Sai Ying Pun, Western District


Sennichi offers a wide range of Japanese food from Ramen to Don – complete with a choice of soup or drink. Top up an additional HKD 5 to get mouth-watering Assorted Sashimi Rice, perfect for Omega 3 boost! Make your way slightly before lunch time to avoid long queues with nearby schoolboys.
Recommended dish: Egg Sauce with Pork Cutlet (HKD 45)

2. Buddy House

31 Water Street, Western District


Another alternative for Japanese food around campus is Buddy House. Buddy House is known best for its Buddy House Fried Rice, and the reputation is indeed deserving. For lunch, Buddy House offers various lunch set meals from Japanese Curry Rice to Tempura.

Recommended dish: Buddy House Fried Rice (HKD 48)

3. Pizzeria Italia

43 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Western District

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Fancy some Italian for lunch? As the name suggests, Pizzeria Italia has the best pizza in town. You are in for a treat as Pizzeria Italia offers lucrative lunch set meals of authentic pasta or pizza of choice and a soft drink for only HKD 50. Not too bad for a good meal and pleasant ambiance!
Recommended dish: Any lunch set menu (HKD 50)

4. Phit Thai Food

G/F, Rear Portion, 425Q Queen’s Road West, Western District


Despite its slightly hidden location, Phit Thai Food is always crowded and a popular choice for nearby residents especially during lunch hours. Phit Thai Food serves a wide variety of authentic Thai food such as Green Curry Rice, Pad Thai, and Tom Yum Soup. Make your way to Phit Thai Food now and be gone plans to keep phit!

Recommended dish: Tom Yum Soup (HKD 44)


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